We are coming to the close of another Lent. Has it been the best Lent ever? Are you now the BEST version of yourself? Well we hope so. Lent is a journey. Like life we are always learning and growing in goodness or not good. This Lent, we had Matthew Kelly to help us.
Our faith calls us to constant conversion. We have journeyed with three people throughout this Lent who plan on joining our faith community. We have spent time in prayer, study and reflection. It is the same process that all of us are to be doing if we want to keep growing in our relationship with God. It changes as we grow. For example I now have trouble turning pages of a book. I can do it, but it is a hassle. So I depend more and more on audio and DVD materials to keep myself learning and growing.
I can repeat some material over again and get something new out of it. It is like reading the Gospels. The words are the same but the message challenges me differently each time I read it. Sometimes it encourages me and sometimes it tries to correct my thinking.
Being a Disciple means I am always learning from the Master. In school it is my teachers and classmates. In the workplace it is my boss and co-workers. At home is my parents and family. In my faith it is God and God's Word. Each help me be the best version of myself.
This week, we enter Holy Week. It is a week of learning, celebrating all that God has done and how we have taken advantage of it. We reflect on the last few days of Jesus life. We, like the Apostles, have walked with Jesus throughout this year listening to God's work, reflecting on Jesus' action with people and being challenged to grow. We are like the RCIA candidates, aware that we are always learning.
Our RCIA candidates have learned that when they enter into full communion in the Catholic faith and our community, it is NOT "graduation" but just the beginning. Like each of us it will be a faith life of learning, praying, reflecting and celebrating our faith. We know we need to hear the Story, celebrate the Story and thank our God for all God has done. That is what Holy Week is all about, especially the last three days-Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday with Easter.
Let us join together on these most Holy Days and Celebrate this opportunity to thank God.
Fr. Lou Jaeger